RT-PCR Test no longer required for local tourists traveling to Cebu

RT-PCR Test no longer required for local tourists traveling to Cebu

Real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) results as requirements for incoming domestic tourists were officially dropped by the Cebu Provincial government.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia signed and issued Executive Order (EO) No. 12 on February 22, easing travel restrictions for domestic tourists traveling to the province of Cebu to engage in tourism-related activities.

“The Provincial Government of Cebu is reviving the economy that was repressed due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, there is a need to ease the travel restrictions of persons traveling into the province for tourism-related activities in observance of the Omnibus on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines and other resolutions of the IATF-MEID (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases),” portions of the EO stated.

By eliminating several protocols, including the negative RT-PCR results, it formalized Garcia’s plans to fully reopen the province for tourists as the EO took effect immediately.

The Capitol mandates future tourists to present a valid medical certificate obtained seven days before their arrival, pre-booking at a resort or hotel establishment, and pass symptoms checking or screening points at departure and arrival points, instead of the RT-PCR Test.

Thus, Cebu becomes the first province to remove the negative RT-PCR results as a pre-requisite for entry for incoming local visitors.

“The Local Government Unit of destination may issue reasonable regulations which shall be submitted to and approved by the Governor. Thereafter, said regulations shall be submitted to the Department of the Interior and Local Government,” it said.

Source: Cebu Daily News Inquirer.Net

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